GOOD NEWS!! Since my post last week on Bible verses on combat rifles?!, and two days after THE AGE report (20 January 2010) , US troops use combat rifles bearing Bible verses, the manufacturers have promised to stop stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights.
An American defense contractor will voluntarily stop stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights sold to the US Army and Marines as well as Australia and New Zealand’s military forces.
In a statement released on Thursday, Trijicon of Wixom, said it’s also providing to the armed forces free of charge modification kits to remove the scripture citations from the telescoping sights already in use.
The company’s practice of putting Bible references on the sites began nearly 30 years ago by Trijicon’s founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in a plane crash in 2003. His son Stephen, Trijicon’s president, has continued the practice.
As part of our faith and belief in service to our country, Trijicon has put scripture references on our products for more than two decades. As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation. (Statement from Trijicon’s company website)
An Army spokesmen said Thursday the service was unaware of the coded biblical references until a few days ago.
It makes you wonder, why it took nearly 30 years for someone to notice and voice their concerns.